Today is National Heatstroke Prevention Day: Important Reminders About Keeping Kids Out of Hot Cars

by 07/31/14   filed under: eco toddler, green baby, health & body

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It’s the height of summer, which means it’s also time for a super important safety reminder. Never, ever, leave your child alone in your vehicle, not even for a minute. Even with a window cracked open and your car parked in the shade in 60-70 degree weather, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees! A national survey done by the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) shows that a full 45% of parents think it is “very unlikely” a child in their neighborhood could “die from the heat” after being left in a car, yet this happens, on average, around 38 times a year. In 2011 more than 20 children died from heat exposure (medically termed “hyperthermia”) after being left in the car, while data from the San Francisco State University Department of Geosciences shows that a full 32 children died in 2012 from heatstroke. Some parents assume that as long as they hurry, their child will be fine in a hot car, but as Lorrie Walker, Child Passenger Safety Training Manager of Safe Kids Worldwide, says, cars heat up alarmingly fast, noting, “The inside of a car acts like a greenhouse. Because children’s bodies heat up by as much as five times faster than adults, this makes them much more susceptible to heatstroke.” Safe Kids notes that it can take as little as 10 minutes for a car to reach deadly temperatures for a child locked inside. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that even cooler temperatures in the 60s can cause the temperature to rise well above 110° Fahrenheit inside your car very quickly. More kids die in hot cars in June, July and August than in other months. With all this in mind, NHTSA and SafeKids are currently trying to raise awareness about kids and car safety. Keep reading to see some extremely important tips.

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Exploring the Mind-Body Connection: How Getting Our Kids Moving Can Help Them Learn Better

by 07/31/14   filed under: education, health & body, kids health

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For the many parents who are concerned that kids are spending increasingly ridiculous amounts of time in front of a screen (including during school hours), there is a silver lining on the horizon: the emerging field of embodied cognition and how it can be applied in educational technology. Embodied cognition poses the idea that our bodies play an influential part on the mind and are integral to the learning process. Educational technology (i.e. the technology used to aid learning) has become a larger part of the classroom than ever, and now there are numerous studies to support the idea that these types of programs should be interactive and kinesthetic rather than passive. Moving our bodies helps us better understand and relate to concepts including those that are more abstract or theoretical in nature. Embodied cognition makes sense to most parents since we spend many hours storytelling through playing pretend and helping kids with hands-on activities such as understanding how to buckle their seat belt or tie their shoes; we have seen how using their bodies to learn songs and words (even baby signs) generally helps kids to remember. Schools (for a variety of logistical as well as philosophical reasons) have often perpetuated the standard “look and listen,” lecture-based model for decades, and embodied cognition represents a welcome departure from this pedagogy.

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DIY Project: Capture Sunshine in a Jar!

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HOW TO: Make Your Own Eco & Safe Sidewalk Paint

by 07/30/14   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts, eco toddler, green kids, how-to

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HOW TO: Make Protein-Packed Lemony Lentils Spread

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BeginAgain Debuts a Fresh Crop of Fantastic Green Toys for Tots

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10 Hearty Vegan Camping Recipes for Your Adventures in the Wild

by 07/29/14   filed under: food, recipes

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HOW TO: Make a Decadent Chocolate Cake That's Made from Vegetables!

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15 Crafts Boys Will Enjoy Making

15 Crafts Boys Will Enjoy Making

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Research Shows that Spanking May Lead to Less Gray Matter in Kids' Brains

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To spank or not to spank is one of those heated debates that can turn a room full of otherwise logical parents into a room full of crazy people. Many think that spanking is no longer…

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83 Year-Old Photographer Rediscovers Timeless Photos of Mothers and their Children 50 Years After He Captured the Poignant Moments on Film

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Give Your Kids a Protein Boost With Delicious CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Bars

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TweetEmailIf your kid needs an extra dose of energy after school, at summer camp, or just while playing at the park, then CLIF Kid has your back with their new delicious whole…

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Alyssa Milano Discusses Healthy Pregnancy Body Image

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TweetEmailMistresses star Alyssa Milano and husband David Bugliari recently announced that they’re expecting a daughter in early fall. With this pregnancy, as with her first…

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Beat the Heat: 7 Delicious Ways to Keep Kids Hydrated this Summer

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Your Kid's Toys May be Free of Phthalates, But a Hefty Amount of the Chemicals May Still Lurk in Their Food

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TweetEmailPhthalates are a class of harmful chemicals that have been in headline news for years. After enough consumers expressed concern, phthalates have finally become less…

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6 Sneaky Food Additives: Where They Like to Hide & Why You Should Avoid Them at All Costs

6 Sneaky Food Additives: Where They Like to Hide & Why You Should Avoid Them at All Costs

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Thirteen Year-Old Sicily Kolbeck's Self-Built Tiny Home is Complete!

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Thirteen year-old Sicily Kolbeck can now proudly state that she is the owner and chief architect of her own tiny home. Inhabitots was thrilled to find the Marietta, Georgia student…

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